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Apr 16, 2015
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Private Prison Corporations are Making Record Profits off Detaining Immigrants

Immigration Policy Researcher and Organizer at Grassroots Leadership Bethany Carson co-authored a report released Wednesday that documented “the rise of for-profit detention of immigrants and increased lobbying to the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee in Congress.”

The report talks about “bed quotas,” the required minimum number of immigrants that must be detained at any given time, and how they increase profits for the private prison corporations.

According to the report, two corporations own eight of the nine largest privately owned immigration detention centers. Together, the two corporations, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group made almost $470 million in revenue in 2014 from ICE detention.

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We must put an end to these “bed quotas.” The only purpose they serve it so make profits for privately owned prison corporations.

These corporations are profiting off of suffering, and they are using their enormous returns to poison our politics. Read more about Private Prison Corporations are Making Record Profits off Detaining Immigrants

When it comes to detention, it's about the stories behind the statistics

The following are remarks made by Elaine J. Cohen, a consultant with Grassroots Leadership's Hutto Visitation Program, at ImagiNation: Immigration, an event held at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas featuring immigration reform activist Jose Antonio Vargas and his film DOCUMENTED.   

I have been visiting women at the Hutto Detention center in Taylor, Texas for almost three years — and it has changed my world view and understanding, not only of geo-politics, but of the human experience.  I want to tell you a little about what I’ve learned visiting women in immigrant detention and how you can visit, too. 

I’ve met many women in detention over the years. Out of respect for the dignity and safety of the women that I visit, I will not say their names, though I believe mentioning their country of origin is timely and may help you understand better what has driven so many to come to the U.S.

The first woman I would like to tell you about is from Honduras, the same country that so many families and children are fleeing from right now.   I met her a few weeks ago and two different members of our visitation program have interviewed her.  The story she told each of them was the same.  She told us of the repeated rapes she endured as a young girl — and again by the coyotes who were supposed to bring her safely across the border.  Something else happened, she was picked up by the border patrol and she now sits in immigrant detention at Hutto, which is very much like a prison, hoping to be granted asylum. 

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On World Refugee Day, Obama administration announces return of immigrant family detention

(Austin, Texas) - Texas groups reacted with alarm today to an announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would return to detaining families en masse.  The groups called on the administration not to return to a system of mass family detention that was largely stopped with the end of family detention at the troubled T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas.    Read more about On World Refugee Day, Obama administration announces return of immigrant family detention

Why I got arrested at the White House protesting the immigrant detention bed quota

Last Friday, I was one of five people arrested at the White House protesting our nation’s immigration detention bed quota.  Here's why.  

For years, I’ve watched while our nation’s immigrant detention and incarceration system has expanded and private prison corporations’ profits have soared.  I’ve seen friends’ lives destroyed while their spouses or parents have been detained and deported.  I’ve met immigrants suffering in some of the nation’s most dismal for-profit detention centers and visited detained women seeking asylum after fleeing persecution and domestic violence only to end up languishing in a detention center.

Whenever concerns are raised that immigrants’ basic human rights are being violated in detention centers, we are told that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can’t close these dismal detention centers because it must lock up 34,000 people every single day. 

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Courtney Greene: The top 3 reasons to join TUFF in the fight against the immigrant detention quota

Guest blogger Courtney Greene is a regular volunteer with Texans United for Families (TUFF) and a regularly visits women in detention through the Hutto Visitation Program. 

Efforts continue around the country to end the immigrant detention quota. On Friday, May 9, protestors marched and rallied in Washington, D.C. to #EndTheQuota. Five were arrested including Grassroots Leadership Executive Director, Bob Libal.

Earlier in the week, pro-immigrant groups and individuals from across the U.S. called and emailed their congressional representatives to demand the immigrant detention quota be stopped. 

The quota requires the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fill 34,000 beds in immigrant detention centers each day. The quota is unjust, inhumane and primarily benefits the for-profit companies that run the detention centers.  In TUFF’s view, here are the top 3 reasons to advocate for the immediate end of the immigrant detention quota:  

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